Anthro feralis, also known as Anthros and written commonly as Anthro-feralis, are a species related to Humans that share several characteristics with animals. They inhabit Earth along with their humanoid counterparts and have many similarities to humanoids such as sentience, level of intelligence, capability to manipulate Red Matter, and a bipedal body type. While Anthros inhabit many different countries, they are not present on all due to many countries not accepting them as citizens.
Early History Edit
Anthro-feralis originated as normal humans who were native to the continent of Australia. Due to their isolation from the rest of humanity they had stayed as a very primitive and tribal people, with the most basic of weapons and tools and a nomadic lifestyle.
During the 15th century Medieval age of Europe a biomancy-practicing wizard was exiled due to their blasphemous practices of changing them-self into an animal-man hybrid, also known as the first Anthro Through currently unknown means the mage found himself on the hostile continent. The primitive Australians, believed that the mage was one of their gods, due to their lack of understanding about Areum.
Soon after a few months of living among the native people, they had evolved their culture and lifestyle far past their previous nomadic and tribal life style. They began to make small towns and villages with more permanent buildings, farms, and livestock all around the continent. They still kept their religion, and a small bit of their tribal lifestyle such as having shaman and chiefs. Their tools and weapons had upgraded into bronze and iron, and when gold and jewels were found, they were given directly to their “god on Earth”, who lived in one of the southern villages.
In these months of rapid cultural evolution, the people found a small deposit of Red Matter, in the shallow waters of the southern coast of the continent. The mage was quick to take advantage of the deposit and began to continue what they started on them-self, and took advantage of the people by turning them into more animal-men. Due to the people still believing he was a god, they never questioned his intentions.
By two years, the entire population of the southern villages had been turned into these animal-men, and they had continued to live their lives as they had before, with their 'god' living among them for several more decades. Near to the end of his life, the mage 'chose' a mate, and had two descendants. The children were hailed as demi-gods during their early years, and the mage soon found that his new children were also gifted in manipulating Areum. The older the mage and their children became, the more of their magic the mage taught them. By the time the mage had taught them almost everything they knew, the mage began to grow old. They fell ill and died not to long after, the still semi-tribal people believing they had finally returned to the heavens.
Or at least that was what the Shamans told them.
As the decades passed, the people in the southern villages began to question the children’s divinity. The children took far more advantage of their status than their parent ever did. It was not long before the people they ruled over revolted against them, and the children fled. One to the north, and the other to the west. The other villages full of humans, not aware of their false divinity, still accepted them as their lords.
The children began to question their parent’s experiment, turning all of the southern people into animal people, and began to wonder about continuing with their own twist on these still human populations. The child in the north slowly began to do the same as the mage, however turned the people into a race of avian people, with talons for feet, and wings on their back. Meanwhile the child in the west did the same, only turned the people into a race of reptile people, with sharp claws and scaly skin.
It was still many decades before the news of the children’s false divinity had gotten to the two new people, and by that time the children had nowhere left to go. The people soon rose up like before and executed the children, freeing themselves. After, the three tribes came together to try and make a new way of life united together. However, the negotiations of who would lead this new united tribe had not gone well, as all the people had split into three tribes.
One tribe consisted of the avian people in the north, another with the reptile people of the west, and the last with the mammal people of the south. At first the three tribes lived separate from each other, but were not at all in direct conflict with one another. However, it was not long before the tribes began to demonize each other, eventually leading to a civil war between all three tribes. The war lasted centuries, with only brief moments of peace every so often.
With these conflicts, the tribes had lost much of their history, with few written records still remaining. In the early 1600s the Dutch had discovered the continent. Though surprised and finding them strange, they hesitantly began trading powder guns, steel weapons, armors, and several other items for gold. Over the years more and more English and Asian people had also began to trade with the bestial people for their valuables and the wars began to get bloodier and bloodier with the new technology they were being introduced to. It was not until mid-way through the American Revolution, that in the late 18th century the first British colony was created on the continent.
The British slowly began to conquer the land of bestial men, and take their weapons from them and taking over all the tribes. A major influence for this movement was that many wizards who secretly hidden themselves in influential places within English society pressed the Crown for seizure of the island to deal with 'abominations', correctly surmising that the Anthros had been made via biomancy, by breaking the Flesh Taboo. Many in the wizarding world wished to exterminate them outright, but more level-headed wizards and non-magical people felt a more benevolent, if not misguided, sentiment that Anthros should be ruled over, civilized and governed.
Another decade had passed and the bestial people began to be enslaved by the British Empire, who used them to continue to strip resources from their home lands. There were very many uprisings, however, time after time the rebels were defeated by the far more superior British army, but not without great casualties from the Anthro-Feralis side. In order to make up for these British loses, they began to sell the bestial people as slaves to other countries along with the Africans. However bestial slaves seemed to be highly sought after, due to their animalistic features being able to be taken advantage of. And due to being almost completely conquered by the British and sold by them, the bestial people had began to lose their old language, alphabet, and number system with it slowly being replaced by English.
At this point, the bestial people were treated just like animals by most countries, with only a select few allowing them to be free. Some nations explicitly prohibited members of the species from entering their borders. And it was not until the mid 1800s that slavery of the bestial people was outlawed, first by the British who had initially enslaved them, and would later also be granted full citizenship by the British through the Anthro Australian Act of 1953. The bestial people were spread all over the world, and slowly began to integrate their way into the different societies. Their homeland of Australia had stayed with the British and is part of the British Commonwealth well into 2029.
Modern Era Edit
The current official term referring to the bestial population is Anthro feralis. Their native language, Feralen is an almost dead language due to the spread and dominance of English after the colonization of Africa. Few speak it, and to master the language years of study are required. Their native religion, Feralish is almost dead as well. There are a few shrines scattered throughout Australia. Most Ferals have converted to European religions or have become atheist and/or agnostic.
Anthros are barred from becoming citizens in a significant number of countries worldwide and are not protected under the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights that many of said countries are signatories to.
In 2013, United States of America passed the Anti-Anthro Act to limit numbers of Anthro-feralis attempting to immigrate to America and gain citizenship. Anthro immigrants who have already settled into the United States and gained permanent residency are unaffected and are allowed to stay and become full citizens, but no further non-humanoid immigration into the country is permitted.
In the late 2010s to 2020s, a new Anthro extremist organization rose onto the international stage. While violent Anthro groups have existed in the past, especially around the time of the Civil Rights movement, those of the past have not been assessed as a major threat like this new organization. The faction is known as Courageously Leading Anthro-feralis Wrath, or simply as CLAW.
Most Anthro-feralis individuals have similar abilities that their animal counterparts they were derived from have. For example, canines have strong noses, felines posses natural "night vision", and lizards are capable regrowing/detaching tails.
Anthros are either naturally born or converted from humans.
- Natural Born: Anthros that are born naturally between two Anthros parents of the same species or similar species. These types of Anthros are the only ones that are capable of being a Type-III individual, however it is even rarer than it is in humans. This type is the most common, making up 64% of the population.
- Artificial: Anthros that are created/converted from Humans, using a special ritual using Areum. These types of Anthros are uncommon, but not rare. They are estimated to make about about 35% of the population.
- Partial: Beings that are created from the same ritual as Artificial Anthros, but are forced into the transformation. This type is very rare, only making up around 1% of the population.
There are three distinct subtypes that all Anthro feralis members fall under.
- Anthro feralis mammalium, which bear mammalian traits.
- Anthro-feralis avis, which bear birdlike traits.
- Anthro-feralis herpeton, which bear reptilian traits.
Enhanced individuals Edit
Anthro-feralis have a high chance of being born with the ability to manipulate Areum, and are usually more powerful than most normal humans with the element. This is due to two reasons. Artificial Anthros are made using Areum magic, while naturally-born Anthros still retain small trace amounts of Areum in their bodies due to their parents.
- The typical Anthro is classified as a Type-I Anthro-feralis due to not possessing any powers and representing the typical example of the species.
- Anthros with the disposition to manipulate Red Matter are classified as Type-II Anthro-feralis. Anthros historically have not become wizards or tapped into their magical abilities, but with their freedom from slavery in the 18th century and the following Industrial Revolution, Anthro wizards began to emerge.
- Anthros who are able to perform reality-bending feats of supernatural nature without the use of even Rm are classified as Type-III Anthro-feralis. This third type is a recent development, appearing after their human counterparts during the Type-III Awakening incident. They are the only other species capable of becoming Type-III. It is theorized that this is because they are derived from human DNA.
The formal scientific nomenclature of the species is Anthro feralis. However, the in common practice they have been refer erred to in shorthand as 'anthros' or 'ferals' for sake of ease.
Racist, offensive slurs exist, such as 'fleabags', 'snoutface', and 'stralies'.
Legal Status Edit
Anthro-feralis are not protected under the UN Declaration of Humanoid Rights and are persecuted against, outlawed, or even outright hunted and murdered in some countries, with others recognizing and protecting their status as sentient beings.
Country of Origin: Australia
Countries in which immigration and citizenship is available:
- Australia and New Zealand
- Europe: United Kingdom and all other members of the European Union, Switzerland
- North America: Canada, Greenland, Mexico
- South America: Brazil
- Asia: The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics accepts a certain quota per year, though all applicants must pass a scrupulous vetting process.
Not accepting immigrants, but citizenship is available:
- North America: The United States of America prohibits Anthro immigration from Australia (the largest source of migrants) and a thorough vetting process is required for applicants from other countries.
- Asia: Japan and South Korea
Countries in which immigration or at least temporary visitation is permitted but full citizenship and/or some rights are denied:
- Europe: Iceland, Turkey
- South America: Venezuela, Chile
- Asia: India
- Middle Eastern Asia: Israel
Countries hostile or otherwise heavily restrictive (No visitation even allowed)
- North America: Panama
- South America: Argentina
- Asia: China, Mongolia, North Korea, Vietnam,
- Middle Eastern Asia: Libya, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt, United Arab Emirates
Any countries not listed usually allow Anthros to visit but do not offer any protections or citizenship.
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